AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-23-19 Crunch at Monsters

Desperate Crunch stave off elimination.

SYR-2
CLE-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-1

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 25 of 26 for the victory.

First Period
12:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:31 SYR Andreoff (1), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
12:47 CLE Scott (2), (Dalpe)(SH)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars.

Backs against the wall, Syracuse grossly outshot Cleveland 20-8 through the first 40 minutes tonight and, but for some bad luck with some posts, probably deserved to have a much larger than 1-0 lead. Thankfully, they got the insurance marker on the PP early in the Third Period and then managed to withstand the age-old score effects surge from the Monsters the rest of the way. Game Four will really tell the tale, though, because I expect a lot more urgency from Cleveland facing the prospect of having to go to a decisive Game Five on the road in Syracuse if they fail to deliver in their own barn. Syracuse could really use a break through in their secondary scoring to help make that happen.

Box score from TheAHL.com.